Top 3 Home Qualities Customers Want for Better Living at Home
Although life will settle into a new normal post-COVID, the experiences of 2020 will resonate for years to come. Consumers are realizing both the physical and mental benefits of a high-performing home, and many will seek these features in their next new home or remodel.
Customers will likely focus on comfort, wellness and efficiency — high-performance trends already on the rise prior to the pandemic, according to the 2020 Green SmartMarket Brief and the 2019 What Home Buyers Really Want survey.
You can translate these qualities into concrete options for home buyers and home owners using some of the practical applications and strategies below:
|Customer Want: Comfort||High-Performance Strategies|
|Consistent indoor temperatures||
|Customer Want: Wellness||High-Performance Strategies|
|Healthy indoor environment||
|Customer Want: Efficiency||High-Performance Strategies|
|Lower energy bills||
|Lower water bills||
You can also find tips and resources for talking to customers about these must-have qualities at Home Performance Counts, a joint initiative between NAHB and the National Association of REALTORS.
Third-party green certification programs, such as the ICC700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS), can help building professionals realize their customers’ high-performance must-haves in both new homes and for remodeling projects. If you are just getting started with green certification, the NGBS Bronze cookbooks provide roadmaps to the most commonly incorporated practices in NGBS Green Certified homes. Visit nahb.org/ngbs for more information on how to certify a project to the NGBS, or purchase a hard copy or download a free pdf of the reference standard.
For more information about NAHB’s sustainable and green building programs, contact Program Manager Michelle Diller. And to stay current on the high-performance residential building sector, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.